Category Archives: Hawaii

A Wild, Windy Day

In Paradise

The last day on vacation in Oahu was a WILD ONE! I have never experienced wind like this on previous visits. The jelly fish were claiming the beach and making it hard to walk the beach barefoot that morning (did that at Kailua Beach). You did not need to go to the spa just head to the beach for a great sand exfoliation (did that at Lanikai Beach)!

A dream day for kite surfers!

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve was closed! You could not have snorkeled and it probably would feel like you were swimming on the spin cycle. Too dangerous with big waves, rip currents and a rocky coral bottom.

Sandy Beach

Stopped at Sandy Beach to check out the waves due to the massive shore break here. The waves did not disappoint. Plus got in some more spa sand exfoliation too. Check it out!

Best to Stay Out of the Ocean and Admire It from a Distance!

(Photos by RSheridan)

Kaena Point State Park

Going West on the Island of Oahu

Kaena Point is the westernmost tip of land on the island of Oahu! The waves put on quite the show here. Like one huge ocean wash machine with undertows, rip currents and waves of all shapes and sizes! One breathtaking, wild and remote place.

Interesting Fact:  Some ancient Hawaiian folklore states that Ka’ena Point is the “jumping off” point for souls leaving this world.

(Photos by RSheridan)

Lyon Arboretum

Stepping Into the Rainforest

The Lyon Arboretum is a 200-acre arboretum and botanical garden managed by the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Harold Lyon was the original director of the arboretum, a botanist from Minnesota, who in his tenure planted nearly 2,000 species of trees. The arboretum was renamed in his honor after his death in 1957.

The Hours of Operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Admission is a Donation of $5.00 per person.

The Lyon Arboretum has an extensive tropical plant collection that it continues to develop as well as an active seed bank. The tropical plant collection emphasizes native Hawaiian plants, like palms and bromeliads. The arboretum is so lush and green with pops of colors. It is in a nutshell an outdoor laboratory! Conservation, Preservation and Restoration!

Check Out Lyon Arboretum’s What’s Blooming Now on their website before you go! I spent about two hours exploring and could have explored for a few more hours.

The Various Gardens are:

  • Native Hawaiian Garden
  • Bromeliad Garden
  • Herb and Spice Garden
  • Mapes Garden
  • Beatrice Krauss Ethnobotanical Garden
  • Betty Ho Memorial Garden
  • Stemmermann Memorial Garden
  • Young Memorial Garden

Native Hawaiian House

One of the Wild Cockatoos in the arboretum!

DO NOT Mess with this Spiny Specimen!!!

Aihualma Falls

The Buddha Statue

(Photos by RSheridan)

The North Shore


I love the North Shore of Oahu! There are the impressive views of the ocean as well as many beaches to explore. There is shrimp to be had at almost every food truck. I decided to go with the coconut shrimp with a honey guava dipping sauce this time. (dug in and cleaned my plate before remembering I should have taken a photo – sorry!)

The Ocean & The Waves

The Beautiful Palms of Paradise

The Beach Treasures

(Photos by RSheridan)

The Napali Coast

An Impressive Sight to Experience!

The Napali Coast is what I dreamed Kauai would look like! The ocean, the waves, the palms trees, and the overall ruggedness. It has that true Hawaiian Island feel about it. I fell head over heels in love with Kauai after experiencing the Napali Coast!

(Photos by RSheridan)

Coffee Lovers Paradise

Kauai Coffee

Kauai Coffee is located at 870 Halewili Road, Kalaheo, HI 96741. From June 1 to August 31 hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. From September 1 to May 1 hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Kauai Coffee started out in the early 1800s as McBryde Sugar Company and became Kauai Coffee in 1987. In 1992 Hurricane Iniki caused $8.5 millions in damages to the coffee crop. In 1996 Kauai Coffee’s harvest exceeded the volume of coffee produced by the entire Kona region. (from Kauai Coffee’s website)

At the Visitor Center you can taste their entire line of 100% estate-grown coffees. Coffee Lovers Paradise! The aroma of coffee will draw you in. Tasting is FREE, but remember to fill up a cup and stroll through the self-guided tour.

On the self-guided tour you will experience the coffee trees (over 4 million trees on 3,100 acres) and sugar cane. You will learn about Kauai Coffee and its history as well as the entire coffee process (blossiming to harvesting to processing to roasting). The Pacific sun, the rich volcanic earth, the mountain rains and the cool trade winds are the ideal conditions for growing exceptional coffee.

Really a Hands-On Experience!

I could not resist in taking a bag of beans home with me (retail-size not like the bag below). I really loved their dark roasts, especially the Poipu Estate – Espresso Roast.

Self-guided Tour – Enjoy!

Closeup of Sugar Cane

Budding Out

The Peaberries

(Photos by RSheridan)

Seeing the Sights

Waimea Canyon

Is this the Grand Canyon? Yes, of the Pacific! Waimea Canyon is massive (about 10 miles long and up to 3,000 feet deep). Impressive with its reds and greens as well as the rain moving in

Kalalau Lookout

The Kalalau Lookout provides a breathtaking panaromic view – the drop to the sea is 4,000 feet below! Out of the Rain and Mist Comes a Band of Many Colors.


I have to agree about being one of the wettest spots on earth – a little soggy by the time I reached the car! Over 450 inches of rain per year.

Kilauea Lighthouse

The 52-foot Kilauea Lighthouse is on the northernmost tip of Kauai. On the lookout for humpback whales and found some seabirds instead. This area is also known for the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary for seabirds. Be on the lookout for boobies and albatrosses nesting in the ruggedness.

Opaekaa Falls

The Opaekaa Falls were featured in the movie “Blue Hawaii”.

Wailua Falls

Made famous by the TV show “Fantasy Island”.

(Photos by RSheridan)

The “Garden Isle”

Green, Lush, Breathtaking!

O-M-G – My 1st visit to Kauai DID NOT disappoint! A Beautiful Island to Experience as well as Explore and Adventure. Everywhere I turned was either the blue of the ocean or the green, lush palm trees, gardens and fauna and floral. What a Natural Beauty!

Enjoy My Snapshot Tour of The “Garden Isle”!

(Photos by RSheridan)

The North Shore of Oahu

Adventuring & Exploring

Whale Watching

Went on a whale watching tour out of Haleiwa. I would have needed one heck of an expensive lens to get “that” picture of a whale, so sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the experience instead!

Catamaran Sail (Photo by RSheridan)

Out on the Water & Looking for Whales (Photo by RSheridan)

Pure ENJOYment (Photo by RSheridan)

Rogue Waves

The Calm Before the Storm (Photo by RSheridan)

The Pounding Surf & Waves (Photo by RSheridan)

A Rogue Wave came out of NOWHERE while walking the beach; talk about getting a drenching!

Chinaman’s Hat

Chinaman’s Hat (Photo by RSheridan)

Chinaman’s Hat Area (Photo by RSheridan)

Chinaman’s Hat Area (Photo by RSheridan)

Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort – Wyland Art (Photo by RSheridan)

Big, Beautiful Waves (Photo by RSheridan)


Pearl Harbor


We decided to revisit Pearl Harbor while on Oahu for vacation. We decided to do the FREE Option, which includes:

  • Access to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
  • The Exhibit Galleries:  “Road to War” and “Attack”
  • Other Interpretive Exhibits throughout the Facility (i.e. USS Arizona Bell)
  • The Remembrance Circle (a tribute to the men, women and children; both military and civilian, who were killed as a result of the attack on December 7, 1941)
  • View of the USS Arizona Memorial

A very somber and humbling experience as you walk the grounds and explore the exhibits. A great learning experience to learn more about this important part of U.S. history.

The U.S. Flag Waving In All Its Glory in the Remembrance Circle (Photo by RSheridan)

IMPORTANT Date in U.S. History (Photo by RSheridan)

Anchor from the USS Arizona (Photo by RSheridan)

Bell from the USS Arizona (Photo by RSheridan)

Aircraft Carrier in the Harbor (Photo by RSheridan)

Truly a Great Experience! Truly a Must See!

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